CROWN THE EMPIRE – Rage Fest with ATTILA

Lynchburg Concerts and Phase 2 Present

CROWN THE EMPIRE – Rage Fest with ATTILA

Veil of Maya, Gideon, HAWK (formerly This or The Apocalypse), Life Right Now

Tue 8.13.19

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

Phase 2

Lynchburg, VA

$5.00 - $55.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire
Crown the Empire is an American metalcore band formed in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. They have released one EP and three full-length albums.
Attila
Attila
American metalcore band from Atlanta, GA, USA, formed in 2005; but did not start touring until 2010.
Veil of Maya
Veil of Maya
The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.
Gideon
Gideon
Gideon is an American Christian metalcore band hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who were established in 2008. The group are currently signed to Equal Vision Records, having formerly been with Facedown Records and Strike First Records.
HAWK (formerly This or The Apocalypse)
HAWK (formerly This or The Apocalypse)
“I don’t know how to keep stuff short.

This or the Apocalypse made some moves about 4 or 5 years ago to make a new album under a new name. We put our all into the record- self produced big chunks of it, worked with different producers, then spent enough to put years of debt ahead of us. The album wasn’t released and there are no hurt feelings; we gained more than we lost.

TOTA became Hawk years ago and kept it off the internet. I guess we finally started to agree with some of the A&R reps in the inbox- there was a phone call with a few of us in the team regarding a contract offer contingent on a name change and it lasted a couple of minutes. I just said “How about we call it Hawk”, a couple of us said “Yeah that’s cool”. It wasn’t a hard decision to make. We were preparing to lose to one of the last remaining “founding” members of the band and filling his slot felt like the last step out of what we were doing, emotionally at least. TOTA toured between 32-35 times across the US alone, I’m not even including all of the international tours. We gained the perspective/understanding that a lot of musicians don’t get because people are just really transparent and honest with a band that comes through 3 or 4 times a year without popping. We were playing for promoters that I regularly texted jokes to, our booking agents and managers were personal friends who sugar coated nothing. It wasn’t emotional, we embraced the change and got to work. For a lot of different reasons that don’t belong here, the brakes locked on the whole thing and we ended up rebuilding our whole business from the ground up.

I made a studio for us to spend years trying stuff out in. My mentality was that musicians needed to be in control of their own material and the quality of it to not be helpless. We wrote for, produced, played on, and mixed over 30 records in there. We genuinely care about every single band that stepped in there. I’m so proud of everything that we accomplished in it. Then we could bring what we were working on back to our band. We just wanted to be “worth” entertaining others, not guys who felt as if they were owed something for showing up and getting on a stage. This whole time everybody’s been asking where we’ve been and it’s funny because we’ve never been more productive. We weren’t going to come out swinging on everyone until we were truly ready to do it.

So yeah, Hawk. Pronounce it however you want. Say it like you’re getting something out of your throat if you want, we don’t care. We are playing new music now and it’s all material we had a hand in producing.

Mileage is the first of about 20 songs on deck. Every member produced their own performance, I mixed it, Andreas Magnusson, head producer of Dead Years, joined in when we did the live drums down in Richmond and he mastered the track as well. Spencer Charnas from Ice Nine Kills sang some harmonies on the chorus- We didn’t even ask him to. I just sent him the song and he immediately sent me a bunch of unsolicited audio files of his voice. We put a video together to tell a story about mental illness with the help of videographer Eric Dicarlo and a group of our best friends playing different monsters. We spent a lot of evenings after rehearsals gathering everything we wanted to use in the scenes and it’s full pop culture references and nods to our favorite movies. It’s also every type of weird that’s out there.

The band is myself and the only other “original” founding member of TOTA Jack Esbenshade. We have played together for about 15 years. Adam Reed stepped up from assisting and editing all of the tracks at the studio for 3 and a half years to our full time drummer. I think people are going to be shocked by how tight he is. He also conducted the whole “teaser” video with me and edited the whole thing (Spencer Charnas also did some voice acting as the old woman working at the post office). Bern Stabley is hands down the best bassist I’ve worked with and bringing him into the mix was criminally easy.

Good to be back. Sup. ”

— RICKY ARMELLINO
Life Right Now
Life Right Now
Buckle up, because LIFE RIGHT NOW hits the
gas quickly and doesn't let up. Pulsating, groovy riffs with sudden breakdowns and irresistible hooks define the group's first offering.

In mid-2018, Zachary Scott (harsh vocals), Justin DiMarco (bass/clean vocals), and Kyle Dameron (guitar) entered the studio to start demoing out ideas for their debut release. During this time, the trio expanded when they met drummer Bryan McClure of the powerhouse metal act ATILLA. “I didn't know what to expect when Zach approached me,” says McClure. “I’m open to all music, I love a little bit of everything, but when I heard what they were creating, I was down.” With their lineup solidified, the quartet handed off their self-produced tracks to Kyle Dameron (Rareform Studios) for mixing and mastering.

Standout tracks from the album include the crowd-pleasing opener "Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right (But Three Do)." With DiMarco’s incredibly smooth and controlled voice, the track becomes the ultimate tone setter for the record as layers of harmonies resonate throughout the album, cutting through the clever and gratifying melodies.

"Wolfpack" is a beautifully arranged, radio-ready track with just enough of a heavy atmosphere to keep “metal heads” pounding their chests. Perhaps the most interesting track however, is the A Day To Remember-esque rock song “I Don’t Wanna Know," a fine showing of diversity and a potential look at the future of the band.

LIFE RIGHT NOW is a loaded gun ready to explode and take the number one spot of your Metalcore playlists alongside the likes of I Prevail, We Came As Romans, and Issues. Fans of all genres will find something to feed their musical appetite with this album.
Venue Information:
Phase 2
4009 Murray Pl.
Lynchburg, VA, 24501
http://phase2club.com/